If you entered in a production built home or high-rise category, you are eligible to re-enter if the project is still for sale within the eligibility window (project that is open for sale between June 23 2016 to June 22 2017).
The following categories would be eligible if they fall within the eligibility window:
01. Most Outstanding Production Built Home (One Storey)
02. Most Outstanding Production Built Home (Two Storeys up to 2500 sq. ft.)
03. Most Outstanding Production Built Home (Two Storeys 2501 sq. ft. and over)
04. Most Outstanding Attached Multi-Unit Home (Semi/Town Home/Stacked)
08. Most Outstanding Mid-Rise Building (4-10 Storeys)
09. Most Outstanding High-Rise Building (11+ Storeys)
10. Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ Storeys up to 800 sq. ft)
11. Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ Storeys 801 sq. ft. and over)
17. Most Outstanding New Home Kitchen (New Low-Rise Home up to 2500 sq. ft.)
18. Most Outstanding New Home Kitchen (New Low-Rise Home 2501 sq. ft. and over)
19. Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite Kitchen
20. Most Outstanding New Home Bathroom
21. Best Video Low-Rise Project (1-3 Storeys)
22. Best Video High or Mid-Rise (4+ Storeys)
23. Best Use of Social Media
24. Best Website (Builder or Renovator)
25. Best Low-Rise Ad Campaign (1-3 Storeys)
26. Best High or Mid-Rise Ad Campaign
27. Best Project Logo Branding (For Individual community logo)
28. Best New Homes Sales Office (Up to 1500 Sq. ft.)
29. Best New Homes Sales Office (1501 sq. ft. and over)
30. Best Design / Décor Centre
31. Best Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite (Up to 2000 sq. ft.)
32. Best Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite (2001 sq. ft. and over)
33. Best Low-Rise Project Sales Brochure (1-3 Storeys)
34. Best High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure)
If you entered in a custom home or renovation category you would not be eligible to enter that project again as it would have been completed within last year’s eligibility window.
The following categories would not be eligible:
05. Most Outstanding Custom Home (Up to 3000 sq. ft.)
06. Most Outstanding Custom Home (3001 – 5000 sq. ft.)
07. Most Outstanding Custom Home (5001 sq. ft. and over)
12. Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual Retail Value up to $250,000)
13. Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual Retail Value between $250,001-$500,000)
14. Most Outstanding Home Renovation (Actual Retail Value over $500,001)
15. Most Outstanding Kitchen Renovation
16. Most Outstanding Bathroom Renovation
No – Projects that have won a category in the previous year are not eligible to be entered into a similar category this year.
If it is a production built home, and the model is still being sold between the qualifying periods (June 23 2016 – June 22 2017) then it would be eligible. If you are no longer selling the design during this period then the project would not qualify.
Yes – As long as the project is for sale within the eligibility window (June 23 2016 – June 22 2017). If the category requires to you submit interior or exterior photos you may provide a rendering.
Eligible websites include corporate, project and builder or renovator websites.
Once you have submitted a single project in the 4 required categories, you will automatically qualify for Project of the Year. You will receive a notification on the home page in the Project of the Year section if you have qualified.
Once you have qualified you may choose to enter Project of the Year if you wish. You can then fill out the corresponding application, add the entry to your shopping cart, and pay for the submission.
Aside from the application, you do not need to complete any additional requirements as the information from the individual entries is used to judge the project overall.
While you do not have to keep the headers provided, you must follow the topics outlines by the headers. These are elements the judges are looking for in your description.
Yes – We encourage you to use point form in your project description to be concise.
You can break down the 525 words how you see fit, however we recommend equally dividing the word count between the provided headers.
EPS is a file extension for graphics files. We request EPS. because it is a high resolution file, which allows for a transparent background. This is important for final print materials and on-screen content.
There are a number of acceptable formats for a “Proof of ad placement.” You can supply one of the following; scanned copies of the original ad in the publication, pictures of the ad within a magazine or newspaper, or an invoice showing the dates the ad was run. The most important factor for all formats is that the dates when the ad was published must be evident..
Project cost is always to be pre-tax.
The marketing budget is the cost to produce the final product – this does not include media costs to air or run your ad.
We understand that many companies have their logo on floor plans or renderings. If possible we ask that you remove the logo. If you are unable to remove the logo we ask that it is watermarked, or small in one of the bottom corners. We do this to ensure judging remains anonymous and un-biased.
While you are not required to upload the optional requirements, they help to provide a full picture to the judges.
Once you get to the review section, just prior to adding the submission to your shopping cart you will be able to make any changes necessary to the project or company name.
We ask that you do not use a client name or address in the project or model name for two reasons; first, to keep the privacy of your client, and second to ensure judging is anonymous and un-biased.
Production Built Home: Any design that is reproduced multiple times on a given site with only minimal purchaser customization.
Custom Home: Any design that is unique or reproduced only once on a given site and may include a mass-produced model that is heavily customized by a purchaser to make it relatively unique.
Floor plan: A scale diagram of the arrangement of rooms in a low-rise building. In a high rise building the floor plan would show the layout of the individual suite.
Floorplate: A scale diagram of the arrangement of suites, including amenities and common areas in a high-rise building. Also known as a key plate.
Square Footage: Does not include below grade basement level. Exception – The basement may be included as a storey in the Mid-Rise categories specified.
Site Plan: A plan of the full project / subdivision.
Exterior Project Rendering: An exterior rendering specific to the model/project being entered.
Project Name: The overall project title.
Model Name: Specific to a home or suite.
EPS. Format: EPS is a file extension for graphics files. We request EPS. because it is a high resolution file, which allows for a transparent background. This is important for final print materials and on-screen content.
Social Media: Social media is defined as electronic communication, specifically created for use online, which shares information, ideas, articles, promotions and other content such as videos, blogs etc. and allows interaction with the audience through media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Blogs, Flickr etc.
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Any member in good standing with the Ontario Home Builders' Association as of June 22, 2017, and who has a project that is open for sale or was completed between June 23, 2016 and June 22, 2017 in Ontario, may enter.
Only the Builder, Developer or Renovator of the submitted project will receive the award. Submitters may receive credit to at the request of the builder, developer or renovator.
Projects that have won a category in the previous year are not eligible to be entered into a similar category this year.
Builder and/or developer submitters in any category, with the exception of the renovation categories must be registered with the Tarion Warranty Corporation in order to enter a submission.
OHBA reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not observe the requirements.
The 2017 Awards of Distinction Program Committee reserves all publishing rights to the materials submitted.
Judges are selected from individuals either outside or within the home building industry, representing the many disciplines contributing to new home construction, design and marketing.
Awards will not be presented in categories where the quality and quantity of the work does not warrant a winner.
A minimum of 3 submissions is required for a category to be included in the Awards of Distinction program.
All voting is by secret ballot.
Awards will only be presented to members in good standing as per the Eligibility timelines.
Marketing, design or other companies submitting on behalf of a builder or renovator will be given an opportunity following the Awards of Distinction gala to purchase additional awards.
Finalists will be announced in mid-August, following the judging process. All category finalists will be contacted directly by OHBA.
Finalist will receive communication to confirm all entry data, which will be use for Awards and Presentations.
It is imperative that the finalist confirm this data between July 31 - August 9.